Competence-based Education and Educational Effectiveness

Lassnigg, Lorenz (2016) Competence-based Education and Educational Effectiveness. In: Mulder, Martin, (ed.) Competence-based Vocational and Professional Education. Bridging the Worlds of Work and Education. Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects (23). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 667-693.

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The chapter assesses the empirical evidence for outcomes of competence-based education which are envisaged by policy-makers, and gives some interpretations of how the topic is handled in the political processes. This is achieved by a review of the research literature as documented in bibliographical databases which cover academic publications and in more practical material. The searches were generic, and included not only specific competence-expressions, but also terms as ‘outcomes’ and ‘learning’. The staggering conclusion of this exercise is that there is hardly any evidence for the effectiveness of competence-based education despite the long period since the 1970s when the approach came up in the US. Whether this is an artefact of the operationalization of the outcomes of competence-based education or not, it seems that there is only very little attention to testing the policy-assumptions that competence-based education is a worthy educational innovation. As this is quite disturbing, it is recommended that more efforts are being made to prove (or falsify) the putative added value of competence-based education initiatives.

Item Type: Book Contribution
Research Units: Former Research Units (until 2020) > in_Equality and Education
Current Research Groups > Education and Employment
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 15:43
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 09:58
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-41713-4
ISBN: 978-3-319-41713-4

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